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How is watching a movie similar to dreaming? What goes on in our minds when we become absorbed in a movie? How does looking “into” a movie screen allow us to experience the thoughts and feelings of a movie’s characters? These and related questions are at the heart of The Power of Movies, a thoughtful, invigorating, and remarkably accessible book about a phenomenon seemingly beyond reach of our understanding. Colin McGinn–“an ingenious philosopher who thinks like a laser and writes like a dream,” according to Steven Pinker–enhances our understanding of both movies and ourselves in this book of rare and refreshing insight.
“Lively. . . . Illuminating. . . . McGinn has struck gold.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Enlightening. . . . Lucid, rewarding.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Persuasive. . . .Astute. . . . McGinn synthesizes ideas about seeing movies with the passion of a buff.”